For some months I have known that I’ll be leaving and moving on come July. Now it’s June and it hasn’t really hit me yet. I’m slow. I have started packing the house and the office. I think about many people to thank and say farewell. Still, I feel that I’m feeling too normal, too routine. Am I in denial, maybe?
For my last blog, I’ll borrow from Paul, from the closing of his letter to the people in Philippi:
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
I will. And I know you will too.
Whatever is true, lovely, beautiful, fair and just, whatever that build up each other, the community, whatever that heal and restore humanity, the creation, the connection to the divine in each of us, and in and around all there is…..let us keep thinking about those things. I am grateful that we had the opportunities to learn about those godly things together in community.
Paul wrote those words from prison, not long before his execution in the hands of the Roman imperial power. And I don’t think Paul was just writing down those good words. I see in those words the manifestation of Paul’s deep faith. In whatever circumstance we are in, there always is something truthful and graceful and hopeful.
God is good, all the time.
Joy deeper than our sorrows.
Peace deeper than the storms of life, it passes all our understanding
Whatever is true, beautiful and lovable….think about those things.
Paul, after those words, goes on and say this: “Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9).
I dare not say as Paul did but I can say, keep on doing the things that the spirit of Christ prompts you to do. The God of peace will be with you.